Experiencing Interruptions?


In this hybrid documentary, the Oregon filmmaker follows a middle-aged Japanese man and his youthful female student on a trip through the Southwest. The fictional narrative, which was invented by the couple in separate interviews, questions the surface truth of the film’s circumstances while perhaps pointing to a greater truth in the pair’s relationship. The man declares he is an Indonesian forest-dweller who can understand what animals are saying, while the girl claims to be a cyclo driver from Myanmar. The travelers take pictures and roam the empty landscapes of Utah and Arizona, until the girl mysteriously disappears. With a unique jazz score by percussionist Dave Storrs, this delicately structured sketch leaves a haunting question mark and a vivid sense of longing and loss.

  • Lawrence Johnson
    Stuff, Hand Game-the Native North American Game of Power and Chance, Baling Baling
  • Lawrence Johnson
  • Lawrence Johnson
    Stuff, Hand Game-the Native North American Game of Power and Chance, Baling Baling
  • Jun Hasegawa
    Key Cast
  • Kaori Shimizu
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2013
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Mini DV
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 35th Portland International Film Festival
    United States
    February 12, 2012
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Lawrence Johnson

Lawrence Johnson has been making films since 1983. His film Hand Game (2000) opened the American Indian film Festival in San Francisco. His film three possible scenes won best dramatic short at the 2004 River Run International Film Festival. His feature-length personal documentary, Stuff, received the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship and won a special jury prize at the 2011 Florida Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Talking Pictures Festival. In 2012, Johnson received the prestigious Individual Artists Fellowship from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, honoring artists in the Portland metropolitan area who are the strongest representatives of the range and diversity of art in the Northwest.

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Director Statement

Device is a trick. The two subjects were interviewed separately and asked to make up a story about why they were on a trip to New Mexico together. The resulting faux doc seeks a greater truth in the falsehood.